Logos 4: Finding Metaphors and Similes for the Word of God

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars and provides many training materials.

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A Logos user recently e-mailed me this question:

I want to study the images of the Word of God. For example: the Word of God is like a sword… How do I accomplish that?

Here’s my response:

Perhaps the most straightforward way is to:

  • Open a topical Bible like Naves Topical Bible (1)
  • Navigate to the article for Word of God (1)
  • Click the plus sign to the right of its tab to open to others resources with a Word of God article like Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes (2)
  • Most of these topical resources have a section that lists the analogies with the Word (3)

 

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What is your favorite metaphor for the Word of God? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: October 8

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of October 8, 2011.

Important Information!

To celebrate the value of pastoral ministry, Logos has created Pastor Appreciation Month Specials.

For every week of October we’ve selected a theme: Leadership, Worship, Pastoral Care, and Preaching. For each of these themes we’ve chosen five resources (books, collections, or other goodies) which we think could benefit a pastoral ministry. Check back every day to see what new deals we’ve released! You never know what discounts or freebies may await you!

Introduce your pastor to Logos! Get 15% off of a base package today when you use the coupon code BLESSING at checkout—your pastor will thank you!

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Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing 

Don’t miss out in these new offers on Community Pricing:

On the Rise! These items are getting closer to the 100% mark. Don’t miss out on these great deals!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

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Marketing Department

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Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Celebrate Your Pastor with Pastor Appreciation Month Specials!

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 5:17, ESV)

Pastor Appreciation Month Specials!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and a great time to recommit to praying for, encouraging, and honoring our clergy. To celebrate the value of pastoral ministry, Logos has created Pastor Appreciation Month Specials.

For every week of October we’ve selected a theme: Leadership, Worship, Pastoral Care, and Preaching. For each of these themes we’ve chosen five resources (books, collections, or other goodies) which we think could benefit a pastoral ministry. Check back every day to see what new deals we’ve released! You never know what discounts or freebies may await you!

Give the Gift of a Base Package

If your pastor is a Logos user, make sure to let them know about Logos’ Pastor Appreciation Month Specials. If your pastor is not a Logos user, then consider gifting them a Logos base package. Not only will it revolutionize their study, but you will be giving them the greatest gift possible—time. With a Logos 4 base package, your pastor can do more study faster. It is a ministerial lifesaver when the demands of ministry overwhelm an already busy week.

Get 15% off of a base package today when you use the coupon code BLESSING at checkout—your pastor will thank you!

And don’t forget to check back often to see the latest Pastor Appreciation Month Specials!

What are your favorite ways to honor your clergy during Pastor Appreciation Month? Leave us a comment and tell us about them!

Liz Curtis Higgs: Overjoyed with Logos Bible Software

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Sheila Walsh (left) and Liz Curtis Higgs at the Women in Minsitry Summit.

Today’s guest post is written by Liz Curtis Higgs. Liz is a New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night, and 27 other books, including her million-selling Bad Girls of the Bible series.

When it comes to biblical research for teaching, speaking, and writing, I’ve always been strictly old school: reference books stacked on my desk, commentaries piled around my feet, and a Strong’s Concordance within reach.

It was cozy and familiar. . . but not very efficient.

I’d waste countless minutes—if not hours—trying to find the right piece of information or a much-needed quote for my work-in-progress, and pulling out my thinning hair in the process.

Then along comes Logos Bible Software, which puts everything I need at my fingertips.

I love the way it looks, like a newspaper on the screen. Simple to navigate, easy to customize, this is a software program for all ages—twenty-something, forty-something, sixty-something—and all levels of computer savvy, from novice to geek.

A Special Word for My Sisters Who Love the Word

Logos 4 is very chick friendly. I watched 40 of us click away like pros after a short, helpful tutorial at the Women in Ministry Summit. It could’ve been the complimentary Starbucks from Team Logos—boosting our brain power, but I still remembered how it all worked when I got home. So I’d say good programming, rather than my Chai Tea Latte, deserves the credit.

We also got a sneak peek at Vyrso, a Christian reading app and ebook store, which Logos recently launched. I was tickled to find my upbeat devotional book, Rise and Shine, among the thousands of titles they’re now offering in Vyrso.

Continued blessings on your efforts to grow and expand. Logos Bible Software makes Bible study not only deeply fulfilling, but also fun!

Here are a few pictures from the Summit. Check out our Facebook album for more snapshots of the day!

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Women in Ministry Summit

 What have you found surprising about Logos 4? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Take Logos Anywhere with Android

There are many benefits to downloading the free Logos Android app. The app gives you access to Logos tools such as:

  • Quick Preview of Bible Verses—Simply tap a passage or cross reference and have it displayed for you with an option to jump the verse.
  • Bible Word Study—Get a report with links to dictionaries, lexicons, verses using the word, and view various translations of the Greek or Hebrew word.
  • Passage Guide—Enter a verse and get a detailed report that includes relevant commentaries, cross references, literary typing, and media resources.
  • Easy Navigation—Navigate through your books in many different ways: pick a verse, select a chapter from the table of contents, type a reference, or use the slider.

Not only does the Android app give you all of these tools, but the app comes with over forty free resources. When you open the app for the first time, you’ll have access to over ten Bible translations (including the ESV and New Living Translation) and a complete summary of the Old and New Testaments.

But Wait, There’s More!

You get over twenty-five more resources when you sign in or register for a free Logos.com account. Instantly add important resources to your library like:

  • Easton’s Bible Dictionary by M. G. Easton
  • Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon
  • Systematic Theology by Augustus Hopkins Strong

As if that weren’t enough, if you are a Logos 4 user, the app will sync with your Logos resources. Take your Logos 4 library* on your Android app wherever you go. In fact, your books purchased from Vyrso.com will be available in your Logos Android app as well!

Review and Share It!

Let us know what you like about the app and what you would like to see in future versions. Visit the Android forum page to discuss the app with other Android users.

Then head over to the Android Market and review the app. We want to hear what you have to say!

Lastly, spread the word. If you are excited about Logos on Android, share it! Tweet it, share this post on Facebook, or blog about how Logos is helping you do better Bible study with your Android devices.

But first things first: head over to the Android Market and download the app to your Android device today!

*The list of e-books available through Logos Bible Software is growing constantly as we secure rights and convert resources.

Why the Apostolic Fathers Are Helpful

So why would someone bother spending their time making an interlinear of something that isn’t part of the canon, like the Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear?

As I wrote in a previous post (The Importance of Historical Context), there came a point in my walk as a Christian where I realized that historical context is important. But it isn’t just historical context, it is context of all sorts. One area where I have found benefit is in linguistic similarity. That is, similarity of words, grammar and turns of phrase. In the scope of extant material in Greek, the New Testament is relatively small. Things that seem unique, out of place or unexpected in the New Testament suddenly become easier to explain amongst a wider linguistic milieu.

One instance that illustrates this is something that happened to me a few years back. Being convinced that really digging into writings contemporary with the NT would help me understand the NT better, I embarked on a study of First Timothy, stopping at just about every phrase, and looking up similar instances outside the New Testament, in stuff like Josephus, Philo, the Septuagint and the Apostolic Fathers.

At the time, I was working on 1 Timothy 4.16: “Take pains with yourself and your teaching, persist in them: for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.” The language at the end of the verse seemed a little weird to me, both the sound of it and the possible ways to interpret it. So I began to dig in lexicons and commentaries, looking for citations. I didn’t have to dig too far. I found examples of similar language in the Apostolic Fathers — here are two examples:

And I do not think that I have given unimportant advice about self control. Whoever does it will not regret it, but also will save himself and I who advise him. For it is no small reward to return a wandering and perishing soul to salvation. (2Cl 15.1)

So then, brothers and sisters, with the God of truth, I am reading to you a request to pay attention to what is written, that you may save both yourselves and your reader. For the reward I ask you to repent with your whole heart, giving yourselves salvation and life. For having done this, we will set a goal for all the younger ones who desire to devote themselves to the piety and the goodness of God. (2Cl 19.1)

So, this idea about actions having an effect upon somebody and someone they were in some sort of relationship with isn’t an unknown idea, and these usages (and others!) outside of the NT show a similar conception. This doesn’t change our understanding of 1 Ti 4.16; it shows it that the idea of “both yourself and your hearers” is not a new thought, and that folks would likely pick it up just fine.

As I’ve worked through the Greek text of the Apostolic Fathers preparing the interlinear, I also added over 1300 notes, many of them cross-references to the OT and NT, so that reference searching in Logos would bring you right to relevant passages. If you reference search the Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear for 1 Ti 4.16, you’ll find the above two references (and two more that actually talk about condemnation instead of salvation).

But now, the work is done, and we’re very close to shipping it—on or around Oct 13, 2011. The retail price for the interlinear is $49.95; the price during this Pre-Pub period is less ($29.95 at time of posting). So if this kind of stuff interests you, then sign up for the Pre-Pub!

On Pre-Pub: The Missional Theology Collection

Missions are an important facet of the church’s participation in the gospel. Sharing the powerful message of divine reconciliation across cultures and language barriers is an integral part of Christian obedience. Jesus himself charged the church with the task of going to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19).

Missions require planning and effort. Learning to share the message in a relevant way, in an unfamiliar language, is a herculean task requiring some cultural, anthropological, methodological, and sociological understanding.

If your library could use quality books on mission related concerns, look no further than the Missional Theology Collection. This fifteen-volume collection of books from Paternoster Press offers nearly 4,000 pages of missions oriented material discussed from a distinctly twenty-first-century perspective.

In this collection you will:

  • gain understanding of the origins and spread of liberation theology
  • examine the biblical practice of using discipleship as an effective model for teaching attitudes, values, and behavior
  • challenge some misconceptions about Latin American evangelical theology
  • explore ideas for effectively engaging diverse cultures in areas like creative art, literature, politics, science, and business
  • find a critique of Clark Pinnock’s view of inclusivism
  • and much more
This collection is currently on Pre-Pub for over 60% off of the retail price—that’s nearly $300 off! Don’t miss this opportunity to add incredible insight into modern missional theology to your library.

Recommended Commentaries: Numbers

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Numbers Commentaries

We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Leviticus. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Deuteronomy which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Deuteronomy!

Logos 4: Help for Pronouncing those Big Names in the Bible

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars and provides many training materials.

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I wish I had a nickel; for every time I’ve been asked, “Does Logos pronounce all the big names in the Bible?” Currently the answer is, No and Yes. How’s that for riding the fence?

What I mean is Logos currently doesn’t have an audible pronunciation for English words the way it does for Greek words. It does, however, have in most of the base collections a resource, That’s Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names, with phonetic spellings of all the English names in the Bible.

Here’s one way to use this book:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right hand corner of the Library (1)
  • Type this text in the Library’s Find box: title:easy (2)
  • Drag That’s Easy for You to Say from the left side of the Library to the Prefer these resources list on the right. (3)
    VERY IMPORTANT:
    make sure this resource is in the top five of your prioritized English topical books like Bible dictionaries
  • Close the Library
  • Open an English Bible to a passage containing the name of a person or place such as Isaiah 7:1
  • Right click on the name of the person or place like Uzziah (4)
  • Select on the right menu Selection “your word” like Selection Uzziah (5)
  • Select on the right menu That’s Easy for You to Say (6)

The resource should open to the phonetic spelling of your word!

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If you’re unfamiliar with phonetic spellings, display the table of contents of That’s Easy for You to Say and click Code for Pronunciation which offers excellent explanations and examples.

What’s the most difficult Biblical name to pronounce in your opinion? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: October 1

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of October 1, 2011.

Important Information!


As we have communicated, all upgrade discounts are coming to an end. The response to this news has been overwhelming. Due to higher than expected call volumes, we are extending the discounts for one more day. But act quickly, these discounts end Saturday night, October 1, 2011. Upgrade now!

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Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing 

New to Community Pricing this week is the massive 34-volume Medieval Preaching and Spirituality Collection which includes many of the most significant spiritual and pastoral writings of the Middle Ages. With 34 volumes worth over $700.00 in print, this collection is sure to be a steal—get your bid in today.

Classic Commentaries and Studies on Genesis (22 vols.) is over 90%—you don’t want to miss out on this collection of classic commentaries which features well known scholars from the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as August Dillmann, John Cumming, and Robert Smith Candlish. And if you’ve been bidding on all of the Classic Commentaries and Studies we’ve been introducing to Community Pricing, then stay tuned this week for the introduction of an exciting new collection. If you haven’t, you still have time to bid on these collections before they leave Community Pricing!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Design & Editorial

Marketing Department

Publications

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!